The Space Moffat's Cottage sleeps four people upstairs in one double and two single beds. An upstairs bathroom has a shower over the bath. There is an open plan living area and kitchen downstairs – it is fully equipped for everyday needs, including a dishwasher (although there is no washing machine). Towels and bedlinen are provided. It is centrally heated, and the living area also features a 'coal effect' 2-bar electric fire.
The cottage also has a large enclosed garden, accessed through the French windows, with a small garden table and four chairs.
Beadnell is a small, quiet village, without the tourist trappings of the larger harbour town of Seahouses further up the coast. Moffat’s Cottage faces the old Beadnell village green and St Ebbas Church. The Craster Inn and The Towers pub are within staggering distance and both serve food. If you want sport on the telly then go to The Towers; if you want a portion of fish and chips so huge that we challenge you to finish it, then go to the Craster. Otherwise there is the Saltwater Café, which is a coffee shop by day and bistro by night. All three have wifi (the cottage is a digital free zone). Offering a good range of provisions, there is a shop a couple of minutes walk away, at the bottom of The Haven, that opens early enough for you to buy the papers and your bacon and eggs. If you have young children to entertain, there is a small playground two minutes walk away.
The best beaches in Northumberland are all within walking distance (it’s a coastal walkers paradise). As are castles Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh. Seahouses is a lovely 2-mile walk along the coast, and here you’ll find lots of touristy activities and shops, as well as fishing trips and boat trips to the Farne Islands to see puffins and seals. Lindisfarne – Holy Island – is a must-visit. Seahouses also has the famous Swallows fish shop for all the kippers you can eat. Plus the Old Ship for brass, real ale, Alnwick rum, and crab soup. Bird watching, golfing, sailing, wind surfing, sea canoeing and diving are all popular along this stretch of the Northumberland coast.
It is an ideal romantic getaway all year round, and perfect for families with older children from late spring to early autumn. THERE IS NO WIFI OR PHONE SIGNAL INSIDE THE COTTAGE – we have deliberately kept it as a genuine retreat. For your digital fix you can use the wifi at the two pubs or the café, two minutes walk away. You will get a mobile phone signal if you stand outside the cottage or at the bottom of the garden. (UPDATE from January 2018: a new mast must have gone up somewhere, because it is now possible to get a mobile phone signal inside the cottage, plus a weak Wifi signal.) For cosy nights in, we have a wide selection of DVDs and a TV to play them on, but no TV reception. There are also a few games: Scrabble, cards, dominoes, Trivial Pursuit, Ludo, bingo, Mahjong. You'll find a wind-break, sand sledge and bodyboard in the shed, plus a cool bag with Tupperware hanging by the back door, for days on the beach. Deckchairs and a BBQ for relaxing in the garden. Plus a bicycle for quick trips to the Seahouses Co-op!
The cottage retains many original 18th-Century features, including the wooden beams. We also love the beautiful cedar wood panelling, and other classic 'atomic age' interior design elements, installed by the Swedish couple who owned it in the 1950s. They ran an interiors shop in Newcastle, specialising in Scandinavian design. Since my grandfather, Billy Moffat, bought the cottage from them in 1960 (family legend has it, with a briefcase of cash!), very little has changed. Aside from sympathetically modernising the kitchen and bathroom facilities, the accumulation of furnishings and family knick-knacks over the past 60 years has been left as is.
All in all, eccentric and homely – that's why we love it.
The property is described as accurately as possible. This stone cottage is hundreds of years old and has been minimally restored and updated to retain its period character and homely charm, rather than extensively modernised. Please remember cottages can attract cobwebs. It does not mean the property has not been cleaned. As country dwellers will tell you, webs can be spun almost as quickly as they are cleared away. Please also note that, while our housekeeper cleans the cottage thoroughly after each visit, it is a well-used family holiday home, therefore you should not expect the same sterile environment as a sparsely furnished hotel or commercial holiday let. Interaction with Guests Our housekeeper Bev lives nearby and is on hand for emergencies. Her number is in the black cottage notebook. Getting Around There is a regular bus service, stopping outside the Craster Arms. Other Things to Note There is no wifi or mobile phone signal in the cottage. We have deliberately kept it as a genuine retreat and a digital free zone.
There are two first aid kits: one on top of the bathroom cabinet, and one in the second drawer down in the kitchen.
The double bed has been replaced – much more comfortable! ...